The study
New research from Karolinska Institute in Sweden published in the journal of Nature Medicine shows why many people struggle to manage their weight as they get older. The scientists studied the fat cells in 54 women and men over an average period of 13 years. In that time, all participants showed decreases in lipid turnover in the fat tissue, which is the rate at which lipid (or fat) in fat cells is removed and stored. Those who didn’t consume less calories gained weight, at an average of 20 percent.

Our take

According to Peter Arner, professor at the Department of Medicine in Huddinge at Karolinska Institute and one of the study’s main authors states, “the results indicate for the first time that processes in our fat tissue regulate changes in body weight during aging…this could open up new ways to treat obesity.” Prior studies have shown that one way to speed up the lipid turnover in the fat tissue is to exercise more. This new research supports that notion.

Our recommendations
The results of this research highlight the importance of an organization’s health and wellness strategy to include tactics that encourage employees to be active, such as one-on-one sessions with a certified health coach, exercise challenges and similar strategies.

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